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Collaboration of a special kind!

Elijah's Sacred Keys
I am excited to share a little bit about a project my 8 year old son Elijah and I have been working on together for the past few weeks of the school holidays; a real life example of a child creating his own reality.
 
This special project came about because my husband Mark and I have been teaching him about responsibility, self reliance and also understanding the value of money. It has been a challenging journey of encouragement and supporting him to explore activities that actually motivate him. The every day household chores were just not working and I began thinking about other possible ways that would encourage his inspiration.
 
I asked Elijah if he wanted to collaborate with me on a jewellery collection based on his own hand drawn key designs and to maybe make some money too! We took his gorgeous key sketches that he had drawn a little while ago and shrunk them down to make into necklaces.
 
It has been a really powerful learning experience for Elijah and myself in so many ways and we have had the most beautiful opportunity to connect with each other on a deeper level. It has been truly lovely to share in one of my passions with him; jewellery making.
 
Not only has this project helped him to understand the value of money and responsibility, self reliance and resourcefulness, but it has been such a positive experience in encouraging his sense of wonder and creative expression and most importantly instilling deep belief in himself, his skills and abilities and that he really can create a life he loves.
 
Elijah was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was two and a half and at the time he was mostly non verbal, although now he talks a mile a minute and I don’t take any of that for granted.
 
He struggled with emotional and social regulation and experienced daily meltdowns. We very rarely went out in public as a family because it all just became too hard. It was a challenging time for everyone, including and especially for Eli.
 
It is such a joy for us to reflect on his progress and how far he has come and to observe the pride he has in creating and collaborating on his own unique designs, while also learning valuable life and technical skills.
 
It really doesn’t matter how long our collaboration project continues for, but I am beyond proud of him and his beautiful designs.
 
Born from Elijah’s sweet hand drawings, let me introduce to you Elijah’s Sacred Keys!
 
Let one of Elijah’s Sacred Keys be a positive reminder and anchor to unlock the power of your highest self and be the creator you truly are.
Elijah's Sacred Key #2
Elijah's Sacred Keys #1 & #2

Identity…….Stepping into the New!

Trust

Am I  fully stepping into my new identity?

Hmmm, if I’m honest with myself probably not yet, but in reference to a Collette Baron-Reid oracle deck, I’m in ‘Between two worlds’. I’m in a transition. I know I definitely have NOT been fully owning it, but that is why I’m here today writing this blog post because I’m changing this. I’m shifting. I’m choosing to own it. I have made the decision to own it!

I’ve been asking myself ‘why is this transition so hard?’ This stepping into a new identity has come up more than once with my coach Renee and below are some of the major themes repeating themselves….

  • If I dive in deeper, guilt has come up multiple times and this idea that if I focus on me and my growth and don’t feel guilty about it then I’m a bad person and I don’t care about others feelings. Of course this isn’t true and it is quite the opposite. I care almost too much about everyone.
  • Fear of being seen, owning my quirkiness and being rejected too, but what I have ultimately come to realise lately is that no one can actually reject me, but me. 
  • I feel as though I’m letting myself and others around me down because I ‘should’ be more successful by now, particularly as an artist and contemporary jeweller, so how can I be thinking about doing or learning something else.
  • The fact that the perceived pressure of making money in my business seems worse for me than actually stepping into who I desire to become, but the fact is that money is only energy. 

These have all been themes that have had a strong hold over me, but as I become more aware of who I truly am on a Soul level and own it, I trust that each little right action will bring me closer and closer to what I desire and who I want to be.

Yes, trust is another theme that has been popping up for me recently. Trusting that I am already doing everything that is correct for me to fully step into my new identity, trusting that if I keep doing my bit, then the Universe will do her thing and meet me half way. Keep trusting!

So, let’s just say if I were fully owning my new identity, I would be sending an email every week or every fortnight, I would post consistently, create offerings that support others in their journey, make art, create jewellery and share my experiences and personal development journey and impact the right people! It would be a no brainer and it really is a no brainer! After listening to Kasia Burke (spiritual mentor) this evening doing a Facebook Live, she reiterated what I’ve heard many times before “It wouldn’t be about figuring out our Ideal Client Avatar because the Universe will bring the right people to us if and when we step into who we really are”. We still need to take action, write the email, contact the person, if it is correct for us, but from a place of aligned action and something that the Human Design System has continually taught me in the past year, is to always check in with my decision making authority and strategy.

I know for me it has been important to embody the feminine (receiving) and the masculine (action, doing) together. Sometimes I can be too much in one energy than another and it can be stifling. Awareness is definitely the key, as in most areas of life.

So what the fuck am I really talking about….you may be thinking what is this chick really on about!

A few weeks back I felt so low and I mean low. The energy was terrible and I couldn’t shake it. I was trying so hard to get motivated and make my art and create jewellery, but it just was NOT happening. I didn’t want to do it! I was doing lots of procrastinating, but then I remembered in one of our Mastermind sessions our coaches Dan and Renee had brought up that there is always a reason for procrastination and I knew there was something else to the way I was feeling.

I brought up my extremely low mood with Renee in our 1-1 coaching session a day or so later and we explored what it was really about. I was stepping into a new identity. I am stepping into a new identity. I was grieving my old identity and the shift that was occurring. I am now shifting from the exhausted, overwhelmed mum and wife who never had time for her jewellery making and art or quality time with her family, always feeling bitter and annoyed at how things are going …… to  fully owning and stepping into being a coach, mentor and guide who always spends quality time with her family and loved ones, takes care of herself and knows she is worthy of so much love and joy, makes lots of money doing what she loves, helping people align with their joy and doing what they love and making kick ass jewellery that helps people anchor into their highest expressive self. 

I realise now that this is everything; taking aligned inspired action to put yourself out there and let people know energetically and physically what you’re about.

I am still making jewellery, but I’m now stepping into who I am at my core. I’m owning the spiritual being I am, my connection to the Universe, my connection to my deep creative and soulful self. I’m stepping into the entrepreneur that I am, the mentor, the coach, the guide, and the contemporary jeweller and visual artist. I am all of this and more. My identity is changing and it will change again.

I don’t only make jewellery as an object of beauty (although this is wonderful too), but I create pieces of art as an anchor, an anchor to connect you to your emotions, your memories, who you desire to be, to anchor you in your creative power, highest expressive self and your Soul. This is why I am so passionate about jewellery as wearable art because there is so much meaning behind the pieces, so many layers. The intention is powerful!

 

You Got This

My personal development journey has been a long one, like many of us. I first discovered how powerful our thoughts and energy are over 15 years ago and I started to read and listen to as much as I could about these topics. I also became aware recently that this was when I manifested meeting my now husband and some of my best life long friends. 

A few years ago I enrolled in Marie Forleo’s BSchool, joined the Female Entrepreneur Association’s Members Club and became a Desire Map Facilitator through Danielle LaPorte. I did all of this to learn all I could about online business, heart-centred and soulful entrepreneurship, but especially to support myself and others to align with their highest selves and live the life they desired. I became a member of Gabrielle Bernstein’s Miracle Membership to deepen my spiritual practice and connection. I joined a year long Creative Exchange and started focusing on my creative practice more and believing I am an Artist. I found the confidence to start holding Jewellery Making for the Soul workshops because I knew it was about more than jewellery as a product for me, but it was about connection to the divine and creative expression from the Soul. I appreciate all of the experience gained; I appreciate my visual arts degree and my event management diploma, my whole working career and the experience gained through life’s highs and lows. Nothing is wasted and I’m learning now that I don’t have to regret any of it.

It wasn’t actually until August 2020 though, after investing in myself and working 1-1 with coaches and discovering Human Design that I really began to understand that the people you surround yourself with can make such a huge impact on what you want to achieve and who you want to be in your life. It is a continual journey becoming who you want to be, so why not start as soon as you can. Find your tribe, join a membership, find a mastermind or get a coach. You won’t regret it.

I love personal development and growth. I love spirituality and soulful, heart-centred business. I love jewellery, I love art and design. I love it all and I’m owning it all! I love the mind. I love spirit. I love how our bodies and intuition can tell us so much if we are willing to become aware and really listen. I love Human Design and its’ intricacies and depth and the way it reads like your Soul’s roadmap. I’m continuously learning so much everyday, even when I forget this sometimes and I don’t take notice of what I already know, all the little wins and accomplishments along the way, or when I get caught up comparing myself to others.

So, if you want to change something in your life, surround yourself with more of those people doing what you want to be doing or even being who you want to be. It is truly eye opening! Don’t take any little experience for granted!

Love to you all, beautiful Souls! xx

Baby Steps

"It's the little moments that make life big!" - Kobi Yamada

2019 has been such a big, crazy, inspiring year for me, but from the outside looking in, I haven’t achieved huge milestones. However I know there has been so much learning creatively and business wise going on. At times it has been a challenge to stay aligned with the highest version of myself and still maintain some kind of balance between creativity, work, family and personal life. Deep down I could feel something within me shifting and I felt like it was the right time to gain some creative momentum.

Sometime in February or March this year I started seeing social media posts about BSchool by Marie Forleo again and this time I knew I would enroll. She has been a huge inspiration to me for quite some time and I often binge watch her You Tube Videos and interviews with other awesome entrepreneurs. I didn’t know how or whether I could really justify the expense of the online marketing and business school, but that I was going to make it happen! 

Last year I remember researching reviews and seeing some not so positive comments about the course and mentioning that I wanted to enroll to my husband. He was not very receptive to the idea or the cost either. I must have had a fair bit of resistance on my path and didn’t feel like it was the right time, so I put the dream aside. 

This year however, I didn’t even offer it up as a choice, rather I mentioned it (with complete excitement and alignment) as though I had already made up my mind and I was doing it! This was it!! Low and behold, he was completely on board. Funny how a change in our own energy can be the catalyst for cooperation from other people and attracting what we want!

Creating my Vision

Take a peek inside my Wonderworld

Rewind to the beginning of the year; I made a big beautiful vision board with all of my personal dreams and desires. I put focus on the feelings and the energy that each dream would encompass rather than the specific manifestations (just like all of the self development texts talk about). Ultimately, this is what we are all striving for in the end; that feeling; the emotion! Included on my board was an interview with Marie Forleo and Danielle LaPorte (another of my inspirational mentors). I would look at it every morning (still do) and feel my dreams manifesting, even if I didn’t know how they would show up. Vision boards aren’t magic, manifestation isn’t magic (well I guess it depends on your perspective), but I believe it’s all about the intention and the focus that can determine our journey.

Fast forward a few months and I have completed the live BSchool 8 week course and finished all of the modules. I am still working through implementing everything I have learnt and watching the extra Bonus content. There is so much value in the course (some people say it’s been more valuable than their completed MBA) and I have access for life, so I am just taking my time and going with the flow. 

The interesting thing is, I enrolled in BSchool through Danielle LaPorte (remember the interview on my vision board), having no idea I would enroll through her affiliate link. I discovered Danielle LaPorte a few years ago when I was listening to an ‘Inspiration Bomb’ audio by Big Hearted Business founded by Claire Bowditch (fellow Aussie Gal). I was instantly inspired by her words and energy and went out to buy both of her books The Fire Starter Sessions and The Desire Map. I completely fell in love with her work!

Now I am excited to say I have very recently become a Desire Map and Fire Starter Sessions Facilitator and I continue to learn so many wonderful personal development and spiritual tools that compliment my current work from a soulful and heart centred place as a Visual Artist and Contemporary Jeweller. Keep an eye out for my Desire Map Workshops coming soon! I can’t wait to share them with you! 

 

I just keep on learning new things every day with my business and it keeps me inspired constantly. Some days I make absolutely no progress (family and life commitments always come first) and yet my mind wont stop racing with ideas. I just keep taking little baby steps forward and making whatever progress I can. ‘Progress over perfection’ – Marie Forleo

Let me know in the comments below about the things, people or projects you are inspired by at the moment! I would love to get to know you all!!